19 January 1996

Trials fill malting and brewing gap

PILOT-SCALE malting and brewing trials are speeding the approval of new barley varieties, according to information in a newly published Home-Grown Cereals Authority report.

The HGCA-funded work, carried out by BRF International, fills the gap between micro-malting, based on 350g samples, and full scale commercial production, explains BRAIs Dr Mike Proudlove.

Data produced from 50kg pilot maltings and 100 litres of pilot-scale brewings have been used by the Institute of Brewing to grant provisional approval to the winter varieties Melanie and Fanfare and the spring type Cooper.